Summary: I'm using this with an Intel I3 3rd generation processor (Ivy Bridge) and Blue Iris software, as security camera monitoring station. This box is easy to hide, consumes little power, and had twin cooling fans for redundancy. Reliable cooling is important for this application, as the computer is left on 24/7, and is often left unattended.
Incredible, 4.5 stars really. Perfect for putting together an HTPC all the way up to a 24/7 use, low power, main machine
3 days ago
Summary: This is absolutely incredible, I have yet to see anything that will even come close to giving you what you get anywhere near this price point. The lack of sata 3 is a bit disappointing and really is hard to believe figuring the other features. I have an i7-3770S in this thing and it runs incredibly fast, stays cool, no hiccups at all, whether you put a 3225 i3 in it or an i7 3770S, don't have any worries of it not working out well.
Summary: I've got four of these units running as lightweight servers for various uses. Very impressed with the build quality of these things -- all metal construction and very well laid-out. They run cool and quiet. Installed an Intel i3-3225 CPU with 8 Gb of Crucial memory and a WD Black laptop 2.5" hard disk running Win7 Pro 64bit. I've had no stability or other issues with any of the four that I've built so far.
Summary: I don't know if anyone else has tried a mSATA 50mm drive but the one I purchased wont fit. I purchased the Adata SP310 mSATA 32GB SSD. The SP310 is to long and hits the two network jacks. I am not even going to try another mSATA because it was such a tight fit. I am going with the 30mm mSATA-mini. The DS61 has mounting holes for both a mSATA and the mSATA-mini. If anyone is using a 50mm mSATA SSD in the DS61 post which one. Love everything else about the DS61.
Summary: I've built 2 of these to replace office computers and could not be happier with the performance and the size is beyond awesome, they mounted right on my 27" monitors. Both builds consisted of: Intel Core i7-3770S processor Crucial Single 8GB DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) Notebook Module, CT102464BF160B Crucial M500 240GB SSD Window's 8.1pro Ridiculously simple to build, the only slightly difficult part was getting the memory in the slot, but it wasn't that bad.
Great device, easy to assemble, but when it comes to drivers it leaves a lot to be desired
Z. Voulgaris "Z", Amazon
28 October 2013
Summary: Managed to get it up and running within 1.5 hours. The OS however took a whole evening (Win 7) because I couldn't get the DVD ROM to work (I tried using one of the USB 3.0 ports on the back). Even after I managed to get the OS running, by painfully installing it through a flash drive, which I had to create myself, the computer couldn't recognize anything plugged in the USB 3.0 ports. What's the point of having such a hi-tech feature if you don't have the drivers for it?
Summary: I use this as a PC and DVR. Really easy to put together and flexible. Only problem is the monitor bracket only works on smaller screens. Had to get, and modify an adapter $10, to mount to the back of my 37 inch TV.
Summary: I purchased this to be a bookshelf server. This is a barebones box meaning you have to provide the Processor, Memory, and HD storage. My selections were an Intel i3-3225, Crucial SODIMM 2x8GB 1600 memory, and a WD 2.5" 320 GB Black HD. I also bought a Logitech K400r as a wireless keyboard/touchpad combo. This box demonstrates that you don't have to accept low performance to get small size.
Summary: I like everything about this product. The case is really high quality and very tight. The instructions are wonderful, very easy to follow. Everything worked first try. This is what I purchased to complete the build: Crucial m4 128GB 2.5-Inch (9.5mm) SATA SSD Crucial Single 8GB DDR3(PC3-12800) Notebook (could buy another in the future) Intel Core i3-3225 Dual-Core Processor ADATA Superior Series S102 Pro 16GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive (my install drive, be sure to plug it in...
Summary: Received unit, CPU, RAM. Installed said CPU/RAM and a HD I had laying around. WOW! This thing is TINY! Construction is excellent, there is no space for anything except the CPU, RAM, and HD. Only issue I had during setup was that the unit would not boot directly from USB (may be a BIOS issue and require ). Tried using a USB thumbdrive, USB Hard Drive, USB CD. Nothing.
Pros: SUPER SMALL Size, ESXi 5.0 compliant, fantastic!